Estelle is one of the UK’s recent creative export success stories. Her collaboration with Kanye West on the “American Boy” single achieved the number one position in the UK Pop singles chart for four weeks starting on 23rd March 2008 to 19th April 2008.
The single was certified platinum in America according to the RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) for selling over two million copies. Her album “Shine” did extremely well in the UK by selling over 100,000 copies and obtained gold certification from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry).
This is a remarkable achievement for a multi-talented artist with attitude. She also received a Grammy Award in the category of Best Rap/Song Collaboration at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. It is interesting to note that she signed to John Legend’s own record label, Homeschool Records, based in America.
Photo: Estelle with Sam Means 2018 Hollywoodcouncil (Wikimedia Commons)